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Ignite Your Inspiration

TEDxSydney Satellite at Pighouse Flicks | Friday 25 May  |  8.30am–7.30pm
Inspiration groups at Cavanbah Saturday  |  26 May  |  9.15am–3.45pm  |  $120/350 for one or two days

Former CEO from the advertising industry, business adviser, and event creator Laura Peck loves inspiring people. One of the power four behind the hugely successful Nudge Nudge Wink Wink events that have raised over $300k for local charities, Laura has a new project: Ignite Your Inspiration.

Held over two days the event starts with TEDxSydney Satellite at Pighouse Flicks in Byron with a live stream of TEDxSydney 10th anniversary all-day conference, and is followed on the second day with facilitated workshops to harness and act on all those inspiring ideas. Laura is a passionate advocate of TEDx and has been involved since the beginning.

‘I was fortunate to be involved with TEDxSydney when it started 10 years ago and have been to eight of the last nine years. I have been exposed to TED talks prior to that. What I found was that I was on fire afterwards, because the conference really opens people up to ideas. Being exposed to more allows us to be more and more full and more buoyant and more creative – I think that is so important – to stay curious in our lives and to keep education continuing,’ says Laura.

The theme for this year‘s TEDxSydney 10th anniversary is Legacy.

Laura says this year TEDxSydney ‘encompasses everything; some talks are more from a personal point of view, like how do you remain optimistic in a time of pessimism? Alternatively there are people who give talks about how we can make a small difference. One of my favourites is the urban gardener in LA about how he started building gardens on disused parts of the pavement because people don’t have fresh fruit and vegetables in low-income communities.’

TEDx talks are always surprising. The take-home messages vary, and you’ll be surprised which messages stay with you. Laura says, ‘One of my favourite talks was this guy who showed us how to use one paper towel instead three when you wash your hands! I only ever use one paper towel now!’

Laura believes that our community in the Byron Shire is perfectly aligned with the TEDx community

‘Our community is such a rich cross-section of business, creatives, activists, doers… I believe our community is exactly what the TED community is, and we need to stay inspired. The reason I was motivated and created this event was to bring TEDxSydney Satellite here because not everyone can afford to go to Sydney. We will have that sense at the Byron event that you would have in Sydney at the conference. There’s a coffee cart on arrival, morning tea, lunch, and a drink at the end. It emulates the feel of the real TEDxSydney!’

Laura has always felt the missing step from TEDx was what to do with the inspiration!

‘How do we keep our balloon from deflating?’ she says.

‘Day 2 is a workshop day with three facilitators. It’s exploration then activation!

‘Day 1 is the ignition. You will leave with an immediate next step for your business, your life, or your community. I don’t know what will inspire people but I can guarantee that day 2 will give them the next step; we may even end up with a group that meets monthly!’

Day 1 is TEDxSydney Satellite at Pighouse Flicks on Friday 24 May 8.30am–7.30pm.

Day 2 is Saturday 25 May at the Cavanbah Centre in Byron, 9.15am–3.45pm.

Limited tix available for either of the two days at $350 or for one day only $120. To attend the second day you have to have done the first day!


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